In our last post, we looked at tips to improve your cold weather RVing experience. In this post, we will look at some RV friendly cold-weather activities that are fun for the whole family.
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding have become more popular in recent years. Some big box stores are now offering equipment, like snow shoes, at very reasonable rates making it easier than ever to join in the fun. An RV makes a great support vehicle/base camp for any of these
activities. The RV has the room to carry family, friends, food and gear for a day trip or a weekend campout in the mountains. The RV provides a great spot to return for a lunch break, a place to warm up, heat up some hot chocolate for the kids, have a steaming cup of soup for lunch and change into dry clothes before heading back out for an afternoon of fun. Regardless of whether you are heading home or staying the night, there is no better way to end a day of family fun on the snow than returning to a warm spacious RV.
The RV is a great place to change out of your snow clothes, wash and warm up after a full day of activities, have a snack and relax, maybe even enjoy a short nap. Once you are rejuvenated, you can either enjoy the drive home or stay put for the night while enjoying family night with popcorn and a movie or, weather permitting, head back out on the snow under a canopy of stars.
Here are just a few suggestions on where to take your RV to enjoy the activities listed above:
The Methow Valley offers extensive cross-country ski trails with one of the best nordic-trail systems in the nation.
Winter time favorite Leavenworth, has groomed cross-country trails near town. Learn more here.
Mount Rainier National Park is a traditional family favorite for sledding (in designated areas) and also offers ranger-guided snowshoe walks and backcountry skiing. Visit their winter recreation website for more information.
Closer to Seattle, The Summit at Snoqualmie offers gentle cross-country loops at its base and extensive cross-country trails at the top of the lifts.
Washington State Parks' Winter Recreation Program encourages winter sport enthusiasts and families to spice up the cold months with a variety of snow activities. With designated snow parks in the Olympic, Cascade, Blue, and Selkirk mountains there is bound to be a location near you to enjoy most types of outdoor winter fun. Their website advertises cross-country and downhill skiing, skijoring, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and tubing available at a variety of locations across the state. In concert with federal agencies, private landowners and other state agencies, Washington State Parks administers this program in seven national forests and blocks of state and private forest land. Five major highway passes, kept open to normal traffic in winter, provide easy access to play sites and trailheads. Please note you will need a Sno-Park permit to park / stay the night at a Washington State Park winter recreation site. Click here to learn more about the winter recreation program from Washington State Parks.
With so many fun snow activities and so many places to partake of them, what is stopping you from loading up the family in the RV for an enjoyable day or weekend this winter? Get out there!